Division of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Dean Vlahaki


Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine

Staff Emergency Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Education and Professional Standing

  • BSc/BPHE - Queen's University, 2007
  • MBBS - University of Queensland, 2011
  • RDMS - American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 2016
  • FRCPC - McMaster University, 2017
  • Dr. Vlahaki completed his undergraduate medical education in Brisbane, Australia. During his Emergency Medicine residency he completed Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) subspecialty training culminating in RDMS certification. He is now an active participant in POCUS education locally through the Emergency Medicine residency program and nationally.

Research Interests

  • Quality Assurance and Utility of Point of Care Ultrasound in the Emergency Department
  • Prehospital and Emergency Department pain management
  • Meeting diagnostic and therapeutic benchmark guidelines in the Emergency Department in different practice settings
Selected Publications


“Paramedic perceptions of barriers to pre-hospital oral analgesia administration”
Vlahaki D, Vlahaki E, Welsford M. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. (2016), 13(3): 1 - 8

“Door to antibiotic time for pneumonia in a rural emergency department”
Anstett D, Smallfield A, Vlahaki D, Milne WK. Canadian Journal Emergency Medicine. (2010), May; 12(3): 207 - 11

“Meeting Canadian emergency department triage and acuity scale benchmarks in a rural emergency department”
Vlahaki D, Milne WK. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine. (2009), Summer; 14(3): 101-4.

“A door-to-needle time of 30 minutes or less for myocardial infarction thrombolysis is possible in rural emergency departments”
Vlahaki D, Fianni M, Milne WK. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. (2008), Sept;10(5): 429-33.

“Oligoanalgesia in a rural emergency department”
Vlahaki D, Milne WK. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. (2008), Spring 1; 13(2): 62-7.